Jdawgs Giveaway! I and my staff all loved reading each of those stories and it was so hard to pick a winner. But choose we must, so...
Susan Bankhead, congratulations. You've got yourself lunch for two! Here is the story Susan shared with us:
"'My second great grandfather, Tilton Eastman Smith, served in the NY 33rd Regiment in the Civil War. He recorded his experiences in pencil in a tiny pocket diary. On one Sunday he wrote, "Five of us met in the mud to worship our God. How thankful we are for the opportunity.'
We chose this story because it was a great example of how something tiny and small--a note written in a small journal, in pencil--gives an example of gratitude in hardships. We truly learn from the hardships and trials of our ancestors. And the idea of Susan's ancestor, kneeling in the mud, with gratitude for the opportunity, touched all of us at Family ChartMasters. All of the stories did, actually. It really was a difficult choice, but what remained for all of us was how in those two lines, generations were altered by the act and the gratitude for being able to perform the act.
Thank you all who shared with us! They are amazing stories, each one! Hopefully we can do more giveaways in the future, because each of those stories was a winner in our books. Susan, please email us at familychartmaster (at) gmail (dot) com. We'll get your lunches out to you right away!